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NC #631 Blind Podcast Subscriptions, What You Can’t Do Without Data, IT is Waste, Security Bits

Update on Ring and they’re problematic app and website, Daniel Semro demonstrates how a blind person subscribes to a podcast. It’s surprising what things you can’t do without data (as I learned in the national parks last week). In response to Tim Jahr’s question, I’ll explain why I said during Chit Chat Across the Pond with Bruce Wilson that IT is waste. Claus Wolf asks for a change to the Amazon Affiliate Links and I grant that wish. Bart Busschots is back with another fabulous Security Bits segment.


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CSUN 2017: BrainPort Visualization Through the Tongue

Allison interviews Meesa Maeng from BrainPort about their extremely innovative V100 system that allows the user to “see” using their tongue. The V100 uses a sensory substitution device that allows the blind to use their tongue to feel the object they are looking at. The scene is captured by a special set of glasses with a camera worn by the user that processes and sends the image to the tongue sensor. With some training, the brain learns to interpret these impulses sensed by the tongue as a visual scene. The setting is the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

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CCATP #479 – Steve Ewell of the CTA Foundation

Steve ewellThis week our guest is Steve Ewell, executive director of the Consumer Technology Association Foundation. CTA Foundation is a public, national foundation affiliated with the Consumer Technology Association, was launched in 2012 with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives. Get this – Steve is a NosillaCastaway too! You can find Steve on Twitter @CTAFoundation or @sewell2.

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CES 2016: PRC Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices

Allison interviews Cynthia Heryanto from PRC about their devices that help people with speech impairment communicate. PRC’s AAC solutions offer advanced functionality and user-friendly features, making communication fast and easy. PRC provides four Accent tablet devices that are ideal for users of all ages. Accent devices are compatible with all PRC language systems and can accommodate multiple access methods. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

Learn more at http://prentrom.com

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CES 2016: Touch Graphics Tactile Design for Universal Access

Allison interviews Steve Landau and Lindsay Yazzolino from Touch Graphics about two of their products that provide universal access using tactile designs. The first is a custom tactile overlay for maps that provides orientation and way finding for people with visual impairment. The second is touch enabled sculptures and art pieces that provide universal accessibility and interactivity at museum exhibits. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

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NC #569 Voiceless Allison, Blindshell Smart Phone, I Made Fire, Sesame Smartphone, Security Bits

I lost my voice this week so I asked the Text-to-Speech voice named, coincidentally, Allison to step in for me and MC the show. Luckily we’ve got two interviews from the CSUN Person’s With Disabilities Expo. First, we’ll hear about the BlindShell Smartphone for the visually impaired that might also be helpful to the elderly in its simplicity from blindshell.com/. My favorite interview of the show was about the Sesame Smartphone for those with motor Impairment from sesame-enable.com. Next I explain (or I should say Allison explains) how she made fire this week by editing a cron job all by herself without Bart’s help. Speaking of Bart, he’s back with some really interesting Security Bits.


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CSUN 2016: Sesame Smartphone for Motor Impaired

Allison interviews Oded Ben Dov from Sesame about their new smartphone designed for people with motor impairment. Sesame combines an Android phone with a touch-free user interface that works out of the box. Gesture recognition on the phone understands small head movements, completely eliminating the need for touch. Voice control is also integrated to allow the user to turn on/off the phone or switch between applications. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

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CSUN 2016: BlindShell Smartphone for Visually Impaired

Allison interviews Jan Simik from BlindShell about their new smart phone designed for people with visual impairment. The phone’s user interface is controlled by simple touch gestures, with access to a full suite of commonly used functions. BlindShell seamlessly integrates a unique, easy-to-use keyboard for writing numbers and text. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

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CSUN 2016: University of Washington DO-IT

Allison interviews Cynthia Bennett from the University of Washington about their Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) program. DO-IT promotes inclusion and success for people with disabilities and is aimed at both educators and students. The program manages several grants, many from the NSF, that support students with disabilities pursuing STEM careers and it publishes literature to help teachers make mainstream curriculum more accessible for students with disabilities. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

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#359 Lumin, Art Text 2, LookTell Recognizer, Osfoora

Verizon LTE rocks but I can’t use it. Thoughts on how school districts could evaluate the idea of iPads for books in our schools. Professor Albert reviews Lumin from iTunes. Lens cap holders and more from >photojojo.com. Art Text 2 review from Belight Software and in the Mac App Store. Todd McCann asks in Dumb Question Corner whether iLife ’11 actually comes with Lion or not. Another interview from CSUN Persons With Disabilities Expo – LookTell Recognizer in the iTunes store for $9.99. in Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart reviews the Twitter client Osfoora in the Mac App Store.

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